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Centenary Suburbs ... native vegetation free zone.
In the week commencing 12 August, 2002, land developer AVJennings commenced clearing of their development site on a prominent hilltop opposite Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre.
New Local Law does not prevent land clearing for subdivision
Coming just a week after Brisbane City Council heralded a new vegetation management Local Law, AVJennings' development provided a clear demonstration that vegetation management laws have little relevance for land development.
The land in question was formerly owned by the State Government, originally set aside for a hospital. Amid controversy, several years ago, the State Government sold the land for the private housing development now proceeding. Only after strong community lobbying, about a third of the original site, below the hilltop to be developed, was handed over by the State Government to Council for a public park.
Having stripped their part of the site bare of trees, AVJennings will now proceed with a major "earth-mining" operation to render the rolling topography into stepped building platforms with rock walls up to 2.7m in height.
What does this show?
This provides a graphic demonstration to the residents of Centenary of the land development industry's disdain for retaining natural vegetation and natural topographical features. Brisbane City Council remains acquiescent about such extreme and unimaginative land development practices, as if it condones making Centenary Suburbs a native vegetation free zone wherever new land development takes place.
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AVJennings transform Mt Ommaney ...
From this ...
View to north from near Police Station, April 2002
to this ...
View to north from near Police Station, 17 Aug 2002,
after AVJennings' bulldozing of every mature tree on the site
And from this ...
Rainbow Lorikeet among mature trees on the site, April 2002
to this ...
Galahs wondering what has happened to their home, 17 Aug 2002,
after AVJennings' bulldozing of every mature tree on the site.
The trees included hollows which provided habitat for a variety of parrots
and other fauna.
AVJennings promote parkside living but clear all mature trees on their own site.